Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Yarn Along 08/01/2012

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along :
~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

These last weeks I haven't found my knitting in my hands as much as I would like. Hardly a stitch, I am sad to say. Shortly after my post, two Wednesdays ago, I ripped out almost to my lifeline and spent the weekend playing catch up. Sadly with shaking hands and a ball of nerves in my belly, I set my knitting aside and took a break. But this week with a new resolve I picked it up again.  This time placing stitch markers every 20 stitches--to ensure my stitch count is accurate after each row! I feel like I am back on track.
My reading is quite sporadic--I am reading a bit of everything. I finished The Time It Takes To Fall by Margaret Lazarus Dean. I enjoyed it and could relate to the main character, Dolores. Being in middle school(like the main character) at the time of the Challenger launch. I, like Delores, followed Challenger launch and the explosion for months after. I found myself reading long after my Little Family was asleep. I haven't had the urge to pick up another fictional work since--has that ever happened to you? I think the term is called a Book Hangover.
Southern Plate by Christy Jordan is never far from my hands. I purchased it, feeling very guilty and selfish at the time. But I love it and am only sorry I haven't had it in my hands before now. SO many wonderful recipes that my family will love and wonderful stories that make my eyes well up with tears. Playful Learning is a book I have been sneaking a peek in when I can. It is packed full of ideas for purposeful play and learning. I wish I could get a chance to sew up some books for my boys!
There has been lots of reading with my boys over these last two weeks. Can anyone say Needle Procrastination or Distraction? Pete's a Pizza is a new favorite in our home. The only book my boys have EVER wanted to hear over and over! If you haven't read it with your Little One try and snag a copy from your library. I have no doubt that a giggle(or two) will escape from both of you!
We have had The Life and Times of the Honeybee for a couple of months and my oldest son has gone back and forth with this book. The drawings are amazing and the book is full of information. After this weekend, I have come upon him looking at this book quite a few times. I think being able relate the drawings to what he saw has made such a difference. The knowledge he was able to grasp in a brief conversation(with Ginny) have impressed his dad and myself greatly. He can repeat word for word the conversation and grasp the information she gave him!